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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-12-07 14:08:05
Nintendo + Internet = Facefist
I've concluded that they're just clueless. Xbox Live set the model for how to do this a full decade ago. Everything's tied together, you log in, and it recognizes all your shiz.
Nintendo, however, is busy building discrete systems fully independent from each other for every platform and service (accounts are tied to SPECIFIC consoles, so if you lose your 3DS you also lose any downloads you purchased for it). It's like every department is its own feudal fiefdom, with only loose ties of fealty to the company at large, and not at all with their fellows. Even the process of moving data from the Wii to the Wii U is so onerous, it would have been simpler AND MORE PLEASANT if Nintendo had just decided to not make it possible.